The 2019 Barbaresco Montefico Vigna Bric Mentina races out of the glass. Chalk, white pepper, crushed rose petal, cinnamon and salt abound. For readers who want to understand what Montefico is all about, well, this is it. Over the last year, the Montefico has started to flesh out a bit. Perhaps one day it will catch the Montestefano. For now, the Montefico is a Barbaresco to admire for its vibrant, mineral-drenched personality.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (September 2022)
About this WINE
Azienda Agricola La Ca Nova
Azienda Agricola La Ca Nova is situated in the picturesque village of Barbaresco, in Piedmont, Italy where winemaking traditions date back centuries. The estate focuses on crafting wines primarily from the Nebbiolo grape, the variety responsible for some of Italy’s most esteemed wines, including Barbaresco and Barolo.
The vineyards are meticulously cared for, and the grapes are harvested by hand to ensure the utmost attention to quality. The winemaking approach at La Ca Nova is deeply rooted in tradition, with a commitment to minimal intervention and allowing the natural expression of the grape and terroir to shine through in the wines.
The flagship wine of Azienda Agricola La Ca Nova is its Barbaresco, a revered red wine known for its elegance, complexity, and aging potential. Barbaresco wines are often described as having red fruits, roses, and tar flavors, with firm tannins and a long finish. Their Barbaresco is no exception.
In addition to Barbaresco, La Ca Nova produces other wines, including a Nebbiolo d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba, and Langhe Nebbiolo. These wines offer a broader range of options for wine enthusiasts to explore the different expressions of the Nebbiolo grape from this esteemed region.
The Piedmontese DOCG zone of Barbaresco is responsible for producing some of Italy’s finest wines. It occupies the same region and uses the same grape (Nebbiolo) as its bigger brother Barolo, but is a third of the size (only 640 hectares versus Barolo’s 1,700 hectares). It is also 50 years younger than Barolo, having produced wine labelled Barbaresco since 1890.
Barbaresco earned its DOCG after Barolo in 1980, largely thanks to the efforts of Angelo Gaja. The soils are lighter here than in Barolo – both in colour and weight – and more calcareous. The slopes are also less favourably situated and (relatively speaking) yield earlier-maturing yet extremely elegant wines that require less oak ageing (normally one year in oak plus six months in bottle). The appellation’s key districts are Barbaresco, Treiso, Neive and Alba.
Recommended producers: Cigliuti, Gaja, Marchesi di Gresy
Nebbiolo is the grape behind the Barolo and Barbaresco wines and is hardly ever seen outside the confines of Piedmont. It takes its name from "nebbia" which is Italian for fog, a frequent phenomenon in the region.
A notoriously pernickety grape, it requires sheltered south-facing sites and performs best on the well-drained calcareous marls to the north and south of Alba in the DOCG zones of Barbaresco and Barolo.
Langhe Nebbiolo is effectively the ‘second wine’ of Piedmont’s great Barolo & Barbarescos. This DOC is the only way Langhe producers can declassify their Barolo or Barbaresco fruit or wines to make an early-drinking style. Unlike Nebbiolo d’Alba, Langhe Nebbiolo can be cut with 15% other red indigenous varieties, such as Barbera or Dolcetto.
Nebbiolo flowers early and ripens late, so a long hang time, producing high levels of sugar, acidity and tannins; the challenge being to harvest the fruit with these three elements ripe and in balance. The best Barolos and Barbarescos are perfumed with aromas of tar, rose, mint, chocolate, liquorice and truffles. They age brilliantly and the very best need ten years to show at their best.